Trying to Take a Rest Day {Last Week’s Workouts}

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Yowsahs. It was a hot week of workouts. The temps were in the mid- to upper-90s all week long, so I was a sweaty, dipping mess for all of my workouts.

It’s truly incredible how much I sweat””Mal too. We always joke that we’re the King and Queen of Sweat at CrossFit because we’re always drenched at the end of a workout and so much more than anyone else. Doesn’t that just mean our bodies are really efficient with cooling us down? Something like that, right? Or maybe we’re just disgusting individuals? Ha! Anyway, here’s a recap of last week’s workouts!

Sunday: 6-mile run + Open Gym

I’m a dummy and decided to run 3 miles around my neighborhood and then 3 miles to our CrossFit box.

6 miles + 90+ degrees = stupid

Somehow, I survived the heat and made it to 781 in one piece. I wasn’t planning to workout when I arrived (I just wanted to take a shower since our bathroom was being re-grouted, and I hadn’t showered in almost 2 days), but Mal was teaching a bunch of people how to do Butterfly Pull-ups, so I decided to join in the fun. And once I started to get the hang of it, I just wanted to keep practicing. Butterfly Pull-ups are definitely a move that I’m strong enough to do, but I need to practice, practice, practice in order to get them down.

Monday: CrossFit

As I mentioned in a previous post, a few of my friends work out at Quincy City CrossFit now, so I did a drop-in on Monday night to catch up and WOD with them.

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The WOD was killer, especially for a hot, summer night. Check it out:

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Translation: 20 minutes of as many 200 meter sprints as possible with a 30-second rest between rounds. OMG. So hot, so sweaty. Even still, I managed to get 17 rounds in 20 minutes. Not too shabby!

I really liked working out at Quincy City and would definitely drop-in for another class. They have a nice space and everyone I met seemed really cool.

Tuesday: CrossFit

I planned to take a rest day on Tuesday, but then “Cindy” popped up in the 781 programming. I’ve actually never done “Cindy,” so I really didn’t want to miss it. Plus, Kerrie and I planned to WOD together, so I knew she’d push me in the workout.

For the most part, I kept up with Kerrie during “Cindy” (she still beat me by 10 reps), but I know I wouldn’t have gone as hard if she wasn’t right next to me busting her ass. My score was 16+7 Rx. And, hello, I was good and sore for two days after!

Cindy WOD CrossFit

Wednesday: 4-mile run

After “Cindy,” Wednesday was definitely going to be a rest day, but then the temperature dropped that evening. It was such a beautiful night, I just needed to take advantage of the “cool” weather and go for a run. Even just 10 degrees made a huge difference in my running, and I felt awesome, which was a first in awhile!

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Thursday: Off

Friday: CrossFit

I felt great after a rest day, and Friday’s WOD was short and sweet, so I went to CrossFit yesterday morning. The Strength part of class was heavy, touch-and-go deadlifts. I partnered with a friend, and we worked our way up to 175 pounds.

Deadlift: 5RM (TnG)

The WOD was a quickie AMRAP, but it was so tough. Even though it was only 5 minutes, I still dropped the bar a bunch of times.

Hang Power Cleans #95 + kettlebell swings + 95-degree heat = BRUTAL

I managed to get 3+1 and then felt horrible after the WOD. The heat just kills me.


10 Hang Power Clean
10 KBS
Rx: (135, 95) (53, 35)

who made the rules Reebok tank

FYI: My tank is from Reebok, and it says “who made the rules.” It’s one of my favorites!

Saturday: CrossFit

Once again, Saturday was supposed to be a rest day, but then an expected package from my friends at Reebok arrived in the mail. Check out these beauties: CrossFit Nano Speed! I instantly fell in love. Reebok is so good to me.

Reebok Nano Speed

The Nano Speed is basically a lightweight running shoe for CrossFit. The toe-box is narrower and there’s more support and cushion compared the regular Nano.

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Long story short, when I saw today’s workout, which included running, I really wanted to try out my new kicks. A running WOD right after I get the Nano Speed? Hey, it was meant to be!


With a partner, for time, complete:

2 mile run, switching every 400 meters

100 Burpee Wallballs while partner holds a push-up plank
One person works while one rests during the run; one person holds plank until other completes a set of BWB, then switch.

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The Nano Speed was perfect for today’s workout. My partner and I split up the 2-mile run into alternating 400 meter sprints, so I had a good chance to test them out. They’re definitely lightweight, and I liked how flexible and cushion-y they felt, especially compared to the regular Nanos.

If you’re into CrossFit Endurance, take your running seriously, or just don’t like running in the regular Nanos, I’d definitely check out the Nano Speed. They’re a great mix of Nano and running shoe, and they’re perfect for WODs with running in them. They also have a number of awesome, CrossFit-specific features, like a “lateral rope guard,” which makes them durable against exercises like rope climbs and Burpees that tend to destroy shoes overtime.

I’m a big fan of the Nano Speed and can definitely see myself wearing them for a lot of workouts””both in and outside of CrossFit.

Questions of the Day

Do you ever have trouble incorporating rest days into your workout schedule?

Why is CrossFit so fun?

Are you a sweaty beast?

P.S. Tomorrow and Monday are 100% rest days for me. My body is tired!



  1. I find that rest days are very hard to take. I love Crossfit so I go 5 days a week. I usually run and do yoga on Saturday and Sunday, but this past Saturday I went to open gym to work on my toes 2 bars and double unders. I will say that I ripped both hands open, but I can do toes 2 bar now. I am still working on the double unders. Sunday I went to Tiger River Crossfit which is a sister box to Crossfit Spartanburg and took a yoga class. It was really awesome to have our yoga instructor coordinate our class with the muscles that we worked during the previous week.

  2. HA! I am horrible at rest days. Today is a rest day for me, and I put a sign on my door to remind myself that walking the dog is the only exercise I’m allowed to do and I constantly remind myself that my body deserves to rest even if my mind wants to GO! I have a hard time sitting still, so rest days are always a challenge, but I KNOW they are beneficial in the long run.

  3. It takes a little effort to take a rest day but sometimes it just happens without planning. Like today, in my usual schedule I have a workout planned for Monday morning but today it didn’t work out that way. It’s no big deal though. I’ll be back at the gym or running or both tomorrow! And my workout the day after a rest day is usually awesome. To me that proves that rest days are totally worth it.

  4. Dude. i am a disgusting sweaty mess when i work out. Always. Even on Saturday–i was helping some friends move in the heat and was literally dripping on the boxes when everone else looked…fine. Whatever. When i work out, especially after a day when i may not have eaten or drank the cleanest I tell myself I’m sweatin’ out the evil.

  5. CrossFit is so fun cause it is always different and competing with yourself and others is so motivating.
    I’m normally not a sweaty beast, but this humid weather kills me. I am a hot mess dripping on the floor lately making lots of sweat angels.

  6. 1. Sometimes, yes. But we typically get super busy sometime during the week that I end up not having time to work out, so it forces me to take a rest day.

    2. Idk? I want to try it, it seems like lots of fun!

    3. Yes! I am dripping sweat by the end of every workout I do.

  7. Ooooh, so exciting about the Nano speeds! I’ve yet to pull the trigger on Nanos or Inov8s, but soon. I think I’ll wait for the speeds to come out and give them a shot. ps – I’m in your Sweaty Beast Club. Good grief. 🙂

  8. Hi Tina,
    Fellow sweat-er here. 🙂 Any tips for keeping your workout clothes smelling fresh? I’ve noticed that even after I wash my clothes, there is still a hint of the previous workout on them.


    1. Wash them as soon as you can, and don’t let them sit and fester in stinky bacteria. Mal is gross and sweaty like me, so I usually do a couple of small loads of just our workout gear each week.

    2. Apparel buyer here from running specialty store adding two cents… There are great products on the market specifically designed for workout apparel washing, regular detergent is not capable of pulling out the bacteria causing the smell. Another alternative is switching to merino fabrics-believe it or not, I run in Denver’s 95 degree days in Icebreaker’s Ultralight 150 weight. 1. I can wear it for multiple days and it does not smell 2. it is infinitely more comfortable than the plastics in most technical gear.

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